Rudy Gobert says he hasn’t fully recovered his sense of

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Though Rudy Gobert first tested positive for COVID-19 on March 11, the Utah Jazz star admitted that he hasn’t fully recovered from the novel coronavirus. The illness took a toll on his senses.

“The taste has returned, but the smell is still not 100%. I can smell the smells, but not from afar. I spoke to specialists, who told me that it could take up to a year,” he told the French sports publication L’Equipe and as translated by HoopsHype.com.

At first, Gobert thought of the pandemic as a joke, and he infamously touched every microphone during a press conference when he was dealing with an illness, which turned out to be the novel coronavirus. But his perspective quickly changed after his diagnosis — and a positive test from his teammate Donovan Mitchell. Gobert apologized for his reckless behavior, and later donated $500,000 to COVID relief. He revealed in March that he lost his sense of taste and smell. It sounds like he’s on the road to full recovery but it will take much longer than he anticipated.

His words on March 15 still ring true.

“I wish I would have took this thing more seriously, and I hope everyone else will do so because we can do it together,” he said in a video which he posted to his Twitter account. “Take care and stay safe.”

As COVID-19 cases are again spiking, Gobert’s experiences should serve as a lesson for how seriously Americans should be taking the virus. Gobert, after all, is a 28-year-old professional athlete and he’s still feeling the effects.

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